Random Thread for December, 2014


The New York Film Critics have announced their awards:

2014 Awards

Best Picture
Best Director
Richard Linklater
Best Screenplay
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Actress
Marion Cotillard
Best Actor
Timothy Spall
Best Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette
Best Supporting Actor
J.K. Simmons
Best Cinematographer
Darius Khondji
Best Animated Film
The LEGO Movie
Best Non-Fiction Film (Documentary)
Best Foreign Film
Best First Film
Jennifer Kent

The blogosphere is buzzing, both for and against, and seems to think this means Boyhood is the odds-on-favorite for the Best Picture Oscar. It may be, but the NYFCC is not a good predictor. They went for American Hustle last year, which got zero Oscars.


About Jackrabbit Slim

Location: Vegas, Baby! I’m much older than the other whippersnappers here, a baby boomer. I tend to be more snobbish about film, disdaining a lot of the multiplex fare for “cinema.” My favorite films: Woody Allen’s oeuvre (up until about 1990), The Godfather, The Graduate, A Hard Day’s Night, Pulp Fiction. Politics: Well, George McGovern was my political hero. I’m also a prickly atheist. Occupation: Poised to be an English teacher in Las Vegas. For many years I was an editor at Penthouse Magazine. My role on this blog seems to be writing lots of reviews and being the resident Oscar maven.

10 responses »

  1. Since nobody asked me, I’d say after the SAG and Golden Globes nominations, the acting winners are fairly easy to predict for Oscar: MIchael Keaton, Julianne Moore, J.K. Simmons, and Patricia Arquette. Best Picture is still up in the air, thought. Right now it appears to be leaning Boyhood or Birdman. That Unbroken was not nominated for a Globe hurts, but remember, Crash won Best Picture Oscar without being nominated for a Globe.

  2. It’s hard to believe it’s already been nine years since Jackson’s picture. That’s a lifetime ago in terms of modern franchise filmmaking.

  3. Did anyone watch The One I Love with Elizabeth Moss and Mark Duplass? Really dug it, might be one of the best I’ve seen this year. Moss’ work is award-worthy and would have undoubtedly scored some nominations if the film were released by almost anyone other than the Weinsteins.

    Fox Searchlight would have done wonders with marketing the picture.

  4. Wow. “The Interview” may actually get pulled from release.

    Update: and now it’s been officially cancelled. What a financial bath Sony must be taking after all the marketing for this film.

  5. I really hope Sony takes the initiative and gives the film a digital release ASAP, despite the inevitable protests of theater owners.

    We have 80 inch, curved 4k televisions with a world of entertainment at our fingertips at home – and we’re forced to slum it up and drive out to giant, soulless corporate movie theaters where they don’t give a damn about presentation if we want to see a new studio release. It’s insane.

    Consumers want day-and-date. The studios want day-and-date (or at least a shorter window). A handful of companies have tied the hands of the actual content producers with their bullshit, antiquated business model. If this whole debacle with The Interview accomplishes anything, it’s hopefully the beginning of the end of the traditional theatrical window.

  6. The Blacklist for 2014 is out, with Catherine the Great topping the list. Interesting story–after the dubious success of Caligula, Bob Guccione spent years kicking around an idea for a film about Catherine, and no doubt a horse would have co-starred (that bit of salacious gossip was a canard, alas). Sadly, Guccione went bankrupt and died before a film could be made. No doubt this script is more sedate.

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